Incubating tomorrow’s world in Dubai’s Museum of the Future

Incubating tomorrow’s world in Dubai’s Museum of the Future

February 22, 2016 by Diane Drubay
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Museums are undoubtedly a place to reflect. Reflect on the past, the future, our place in the present and our relationship to art, society and our environment.
Dubai is well-known for the Burj Khalifa (the world’s tallest building), the Dubai Mall (the world’s largest mall) and the artificial Palm Islands. As an ultramodern and fast-developing city, it only make sense that Dubai would be home to the Museum of the Future, a place to both showcase the world’s greatest innovations and develop ideas for our future.
Due to open in late 2018 in its final building, the Museum allows visitors interacting with state-of-the-art technology that could enhance in fields such as transportation, health and education. What if tech could tell us the mood people around are in or make us run at superhuman speed? Would you like it or would it worry you? Tech and AI make our lives easier every day, but how far are you willing to let go and give tech the power to smoothe tiny hurdles?

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The museum’s goal isn’t only to have the audience reflect on who we will be in 20 years and what world we’ll live in. It also is to actually make the future happen. With very little natural resources compared to other countries of the area, Dubai feels the need to become a center of innovation and the museum is part of this idea: On the one hand, it will inspire young generations to become innovators themselves: on the other hand, it will include an innovation lab that will nurture projects for the city of tomorrow and should attract major companies like Google or GE, probably just in time to present prototypes at the World Expo 2020 that will take place in Dubai. It is not about predicting the future, it is about creating it and using the Museum of the Future as a place to experiment it.

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For now, you can get a first glimpse of the Museum of The Future at the Madinat Jumeirah, where it addresses three big themes: how robots are artificial intelligence can improve the human mind and physical capabilities, if relations between humans and robots can become similar to inter-human relations and how will AI affect decision making… or even make decisions on its own.

Visiting the futuristic museum and interacting and playing with the devices is probably as close as a visitor can get to exploring the possibilities of a brand new world, leaving the museum with one question: “Do I think I can handle this?”